Dr Maddy Gupta-Wright
MBCHB BSc MSc MPH MFPH
Research Degree Student
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am working to combine a career in academic medical anthropology and global public health, with current interests in infectious disease control, sustainable development, biosocial understandings of disease, and the social and political roots of health inequalities. I have a background as a medical doctor, specialising in public health over the last 4 years. I have some experience of research and teaching in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia and now Malawi. Prior to starting my PhD in 2015, I had most recently worked as a health adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID) UK on NTD programmes, and a public health registrar at the Greater London Authority (GLA) on health inequalities.
I am currently doing ethnographic fieldwork for my PhD, exploring a critical biosocial perspective of trachoma in Malawi. My research is exploring the challenges of eliminating trachoma, and the translation between elimination policy and practice. I am drawing on biosocial literature highlighting the central place of context, interaction, equity, structure and political economies of health. I am interested more broadly in anthropological contributions to NTD and emerging infection control policy and global health policy tackling health inequalities. My PhD is funded by the ESRC and I am working with the NGO, Sightsavers, as non-academic partners for this research.